Help update human services

How has Shoreline’s population changed in the last 10 years? What does that mean for the future of human services in Shoreline?

Information presented and gathered at the upcoming July 7 Human Service Task Force community meeting will help shape how Shoreline’s 1998 Human Services Strategic Plan is updated and revised. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Shoreline Fire Department, 17525 Aurora Ave. N.

Attendees will learn about local human services needs like food insecurity, hunger and stresses on families. The problems and opportunities for improving services to two key groups — older adults and youth — will be discussed. They will also learn how the population of Shoreline has changed in the last 10 years and implications for the future.

Transportation needs discussed

Bike trails, walkways, paths, bike lanes, dog water bowls, sidewalks, bike rack design and location, crosswalks, water fountains, lighting, bus shelters, bus routes — what is missing in Shoreline? What — and where — are the community’s most important transit, pedestrian and bike needs?

These are the topics of an upcoming Community Open House that will kick off the update to the Transportation Master Plan (TMP). The open house will be at the Shoreline Fire Station on Aurora Avenue North and North 175th Street on Wednesday, July 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The meeting is an open house with no presentation planned. Community members can drop in to check out the displays about the variety of transit, pedestrian and bike services and facilities that are possible. The goal is to gather suggestions on what should be included in these sections of the update to the city’s TMP.

The TMP is a long-range plan that helps guide how the city develops its Capital Improvement Program, coordinate transportation improvements with land uses and better plan what is needed to respond to growth.

Shoreline is updating the TMP because of the significant changes that have been completed and that are planned for the city’s transportation system since the last update in 2005. Completed changes include the Interurban Trail, the first mile of Aurora and the pedestrian bridges. Improving the next two miles of Aurora and new bus rapid transit service from both Metro and Community Transit, not to mention the light rail, are changes that are coming to Shoreline’s transportation system.

The current TMP is available to review on Shoreline’s Web site under Master Plans on the Planning and Development Services page. For more information, contact transportation senior planner Alicia McIntire at 206-801-2483 or by e-mail at

Shoreline holds first TBD meeting

A public hearing about establishing a $20 vehicle license fee in the city of Shoreline will occur at the first meeting of the Transportation Benefit District (TBD) board beginning at 8 p.m. on July 6 in the Mt. Rainier Room at the Shoreline Center. Council members will serve as the TBD board members during the meeting. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

Adoption of the $20 fee would contribute an estimated $600,000 toward the maintenance of city roads and transportation infrastructure such as traffic signals annually, according to city finance director Debbie Tarry. Currently, the city spends about $3.25 million annually for roads and at least $2 million comes from the general fund.

TBDs were approved by the state in 2007. Local governments, including Lake Forest Park and Edmonds, have established the entity and expect to collect the $20 vehicle license fees from residents this year. At least six months must separate the time a government establishes a TBD and begins the collections of fees.

The $20 license fee was recommended by the Long-Range Financial Planning Advisory Committee in April.

A second meeting of the TBD is scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on July 13 in the Mt. Rainier Room. During this meeting the TBD will consider adoption of the $20 vehicle license fee. If the fee is approved by July 13, the city anticipates collection of the fees to begin in February 2010.

Church collects donated clothing

What do seven pairs of women’s shoes, eight pairs of men’s slacks and 11 blouses have in common? They were among the first 88 items collected and delivered to Matthew House in Monroe, by the members of St. Dunstan’s Church of the Highlands Parish in Shoreline. Matthew House gives the donated clothing to the family and friends of those visiting someone in one of the correctional institutions in the Monroe Complex.

The Washington State Department of Corrections maintains a strict dress code for all visitors. A person not meeting the dress code may be referred to Matthew House. This includes adults or children, women and men.

St. Dunstan’s Parish plans to continue to take clothing to Matthew House monthly. All clothing donated must meet the Department of Correction requirements. See the “Visiting Guidelines” at

St. Dunstan’s Church is located at 722 North 145th St. in Shoreline. The church is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

For more information, contact St. Dunstan’s Parish at 206-363-4319 or

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